I wanted to share a link to our expedition in case anyone wishes to follow our trek into the Karakoram.  We will likely have little to no communication once past Skardu.



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Comment by Gregg Bostick on July 31, 2013 at 8:07pm
No alias' here! McElroy should lift your ban for at least 48 hours
Comment by Rob Cameron on July 31, 2013 at 4:42pm

They don't need any help looking inconsistent or insensitive.

Comment by John Quillen on July 31, 2013 at 4:33pm

..they permanently banned my email address from their system.   But I appreciate Jessica's coverage of the story and Joanna's persistence in making it happen.  Thank you all for your great comments!  I'm starting to figure out people's alias' now!

Comment by Tom Johnson on July 31, 2013 at 12:10pm

Will John's ban from commenting on KNS articles be lifted now?

Comment by Gregg Bostick on July 31, 2013 at 11:00am

WOW!  I find tobasco goes well with crow! I guess I know what I will be having for supper.  I read the article this morning.  It was disturbing to pick up my KNS and the first image staring back at me was Quillen. 

Comment by Andrew Sisson on July 30, 2013 at 10:11am

Here is a link of two interviews about the Iranian climbers.  One interview with Scott and the other with John Quillen:  http://altitudepakistan.blogspot.com/2013_07_01_archive.html

Nice interviews.  I would say that you have many of the same qualities and ethics as your Iranian climbing friends.  I am proud to know you John Quillen.  And maybe one day get to meet Brian and Scott.

Comment by Myers Morton on July 29, 2013 at 1:12pm

I am glad John made it home.

Comment by Andrew Sisson on July 29, 2013 at 12:13pm

I read the link about Marty and Denali.  This is sad too.  But as Rob mentioned and as I have thought, at least all whom have perished have done so while doing what they love to do.  May both of them rest in peace.

Comment by John Quillen on July 29, 2013 at 9:48am


Well, it just seems as if the bad news just keeps streaming from the Karakoram.  Marty and Denali Schmidt were new friends of ours that were climbing Broad Peak in advance of their attempt on k2.  Marty spend considerable time in our mess tent, along with his son Denali, hanging out on bad weather days.  I learned a great deal listening to his stories and picking his brain about 8000 meter peaks. (He had climbed all but 4 of the highest mtns on Earth)

 What he told me about k2 is haunting.  When I asked him how Broad Peak compared to K2 he said it was a good preparation but that , "K2 is the mountaineers mountain."  Marty and Denali are two of the less than 8 people who made it to the top of Broad Peak this year.  May the Lord have mercy upon his wife and Denali's Mother.  http://altitudepakistan.blogspot.com/2013/07/marty-and-denali-schmi...

Comment by Rob Cameron on July 25, 2013 at 1:31pm

So sorry they are gone. I agree with your sentiment on their resting place. As I was struggling up Bear Creek Sunday I thought about the possibility of having a heart attack there in the middle of nowhere. My first thought was I would rather the Good Lord call me home in my favorite place on earth than in some sterile hospital. I will be praying for their families.

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